The Mansfield Art Center hosts ‘Trail of Tears’ until April 3

The Mansfield Art Center has been transformed into an immersive blown glass installation.

Darren Goodman’s “Trail of Tears” is made up of hundreds of pieces of mouth-blown glass, suspended like colored tears, and glass sculptures intertwined with elements of nature and found objects. Visitors will find hanging tree branches, heavily laden with a rainbow of glass that dazzles in the natural light from our upstairs gallery.

This large-scale installation is one of the most expansive blown glass exhibits at the Mansfield Art Center to date. “Trail of Tears” examines our deep connection to nature by taking us through a landscape imagined by a master artist.

Goodman creates his unique free-form glass pieces in his glass studio in Waynesville. A passionate musician, he incorporates music and glassblowing performances into his work, conveying a “glass experience” to his audience.

Goodman has exhibited her work worldwide, having traveled extensively across the United States, the volcanoes of Hawaii, and the streets of Paris. He shared a glass-blowing performance to create, “Tears of Joy” at his opening reception, surprising the audience with his showmanship and creating an 8-foot glass teardrop in front of their eyes.

Due to popular demand, the Mansfield Art Center will host ‘Trail of Tears’ until April 3, giving visitors the chance to experience this incredible installation throughout the winter months.

This exhibition is free and open to all. Additionally, the Mansfield Art Center will be offering glassblowing events in our hot shop for the duration of this exhibition, allowing visitors to experience a personal glassblowing experience.

Visit, for more information and to register for glassblowing workshops.